Expert, Beginning to Advanced Medical
Transcription and Editing Curriculum*
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Program Length: This comprehensive in-depth Expert, Advanced Medical Transcription program is 1,470 course hours, of which 800-900 is actual physician-dictated transcription reports.
SECTION I: LAYING A PROPER FOUNDATION FOR ADVANCED MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION
MODULE 1: Getting Started
• About our Student Forum
• Basics of Medical Transcription
• Sample Medical Reports
• Your Medical Reference Library
• Your Professional Image
• Ethics and Confidentiality/ HIPAA Laws
• Legal Aspects of Healthcare Records
• Proper Ergonomics for the Medical Transcriptionist
• Medical Transcription Education
• Career Role and Responsibilities
• Metric System and Units of Measure
• Study Tips
MODULE 2: MT Basics
• Tools of the Trade
• FTP (File Transfer Protocol)
• The Future of Medical Transcription
• Hospital Medical Reports
• Preparation of a History & Physical
• Clinic Medical Reports
• Organizing the Information
• Proofreading and Editing
• Basic Formatting Guidelines
• Flagging and Blanks
• Transcribing Foreign Dictators
• Methods of Line Counting
MODULE 3: Grammar and Punctuation
• Parts of Speech
• Subject/Verb Agreement
• Commas and Semi-Colons
• Hyphens and Dashes
• Good /Well
• Parts of a Sentence
• Transcribing Numbers, Figures and Abbreviations
• Plural Forms
• Sound-Alike Words
• State Abbreviations
• Commonly Misspelled Words
• Practice Rules to Remember When Doing Medical Transcription
• Grammar Practice
MODULE 4: Using Your Computer
(Note: Over 100 computer, technology, software and MS Word courses – too many to list!)
MODULE 5: Learning the Medical Language
• Getting Organized
• Using Your Flashcards
• Basic Word Structure
• Prefixes/Suffixes/Root Words
• More Sound Alike Words
• Tips on Researching Difficult Terms
• Using Google to Research
SECTION II: ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY BY SPECIALTY:
MODULE 6: Integumentary
• Combining Forms Review
• Skin Anatomy
• Viral Infections
• Bacterial Infections
• Fungal Infections
• Parasitic Infections
• Follicular and Glandular Disorders
• Pigmentation and Inflammatory Disorders
• Burns and Cold Injury
• Diagnostic Tests and Signs
• Surgical Procedures and Other Treatments
• Common Drug Treatment
• Types of Medication Uses
• Abbreviations and Acronyms
• Sentence Clips for Pre-Transcription Practice
• Helpful Websites/Reference Sites
MODULE 7: Skeletal
MODULE 8: Muscles and Joints
MODULE 9: Nervous
MODULE 10: Blood and Lymphatics
MODULE 11: Laboratory and Pathology
MODULE 12: Cardiology
MODULE 13: Respiratory
MODULE 14: Digestive
MODULE 15: Endocrine
MODULE 16: Special Senses
MODULE 17: Urinary
MODULE 18: Male Reproductive
MODULE 19: Female Reproductive
MODULE 20: Obstetrics
MODULE 21: Child Health
MODULE 22: Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging
MODULE 23: Oncology
MODULE 24: Pharmacology
MODULE 25: Mental Health
MODULE 26: Gerontology
MODULE 27: Beginning Medical Transcription
• Installing Your Wav Pedal
• Installing the Beginning SUM CD
• Beginning Transcription
• Procedures for Transcribing
• Most Common Errors of New Transcriptionists
MODULE 28: Intermediate Medical Transcription
• The Healthcare Team and the Operative Report
• Prepping and Draping Methods
• Surgical Positions
• Types of Anesthesia
• Wound and Wound Closures
• Installing the Intermediate SUM CD
• Procedures for Transcribing
• Most Common Errors of New Transcriptionists
• Dealing with Difficult Dictators
MODULE 29: Advanced Medical Transcription
• Expander Software
• Learning How to Use Expander Software
• Shortcuts and Abbreviations
• ABCZ Typing Abbreviation System
• Shortcut Rules for Long Words
• Shortcut Rules for Short Words
• Shortcut Rules for Phrases
• Shortcut Rules for Long Phrases
• Shortcut Rules for Prefixes
• Installing the Advanced SUM CD
• Procedures for Transcribing Advanced Files
• Preparing for Your Final Exam
MODULE 30: Preparing for Employment
• Preparing for Employment
• Your Cover Letter and Resume
• The Job Search
• What to Expect in a Job Search
• Let’s Talk Networking
• In the Beginning
• Independent Contractor and Employee Status
• Starting Your First Job
• Types of Pay and Pay Consideration
• Comparing Employers
• Starting a Home Based Business
• Important Questions to Consider
• Developing a Business Plan
• Important Aspects of Owning Your Own MT Service
• How to Solicit Business
• Sample Contracts and Agreements for Clients
• Sample Contracts and Agreements for Transcriptionists
• Follow Up Contact
• Objections and Solutions
• Time Management
• Becoming a Certified Medical Transcriptionist
• Advancement Opportunities
• Review of HIPAA Laws
• Putting it All Together
• Samples and Templates
MEDICAL EDITING PROGRAM: New!
Totally separate but included with our Advanced MT program is our brand new program about Medical Editing. With medical editing tips throughout, you’ll learn all about the medical editing profession, speech recognition software, types of software errors, sample reports, steps to a perfect edited report, proofreading and editing techniques, building speed, and much, much more.
1. Introduction to Medical Editing and Speech Recognition.
2. Medical Editing Application.
3. Medical Editing Practical.
4. Punctuation Rules.
5. Capitalization Rules.
6. Comma Rules.
7. Pharmacology and Drugs.
9. Common Errors.
10. Practice and Testing.
ADVANCED TRANSCRIPTION PRACTICE FILES:
This is post-advanced work, designed to simulate the employer’s test that you will be doing when applying for a job. At this point, you should be able to do any and all work that comes your way, no matter from what source. This is our way of making sure you can do it all and lets us know if there is anything else we need to finalize before the job search begins. Each file contains authentic physician dictation, some foreign, many talking fast, from various dictators and contains a wide variety of medical specialties you won’t find anywhere else with opportunities to put into practice everything you have learned. You work closely with your instructor at this point to make sure these files are done to the best of your ability and to exact industry specifications. We critique on everything from file name to transcription details to following directions to the letter, and dotting every “I” and crossing every “t” within the entire report. Each file is done according to the exact standards of the Book of Style. This is your opportunity to bring it all together with detailed one-on-one communication from your instructor.
These advanced files are so intense that many transcriptionists request to continue working on them even after they have received the job offer. As a graduate, you have access to this advanced work and our critique as long as you want, up to five years.
Our final exam consists of a special set of advanced practice dictation, much like the ones described above. You have four hours to complete 30 minutes of dictation according to industry guidelines. Transcribed document is then emailed to our office for grading. Passing students receive a gold Advanced diploma suitable for framing and signed by our school founder. Those students who receive a grade higher than 95% also receive our letter of recommendation which can accompany your resume in your job placement.
Our job placement process consists of several steps, all designed to help you find employment that is suitable and preferable to you. It starts with a heavy critique of your resume and cover letter. We look at these from an employer’s perspective and often suggest tips for highlighting your strengths and minimizing any weaknesses in your career history.
We instruct you on employers: The different types of employers, what they offer to their transcriptionists, what to look out for, what to avoid, what to say during an interview and what to avoid during an interview. We explore the different methods of payment from employers and help you determine exactly the type of employment and payment method that best suits your needs.
Then we provide you a detailed list of companies with names, contact telephone numbers, and email addresses that we deal with who are known to hire our graduates, hire new graduates or have requested our graduates directly. These companies are the best place to start in the job placement process.
We also provide an extensive list of places on the Internet to go for job research, additional job knowledge, networking places and more to aid in your job placement process.
Finally, we are available as you begin to receive job offers to help you evaluate the different offers and different combinations of benefits for you and your family. Once you decide on an employer, we help you transition into the job and are available to answer general questions via email and phone.
As a graduate, you also have unlimited 24/7 access to our student forum where we post job offers from companies that have emailed us. Plus you’ll always stay updated in the industry and have a chance to work with our new students who are just starting to learn — a good skill to have on your resume!